Will Smith issues apology after slapping Chris Rock at Oscars 2022

The day after slapping Chris Rock on the Oscars stage and upending the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith issued an apology to the comedian, to the academy and to viewers at home

The fallout from Smith’s actions during Sunday’s ceremony continued Monday as Hollywood and the public continued to wrestle with a moment that stunned the Dolby Theatre crowd and viewers at home

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences condemned Smith for striking Rock, who had made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and said it would launch an inquiry

After calling a board of governors meeting Monday to discuss the incident, the film academy said that it review Smith’s actions and will explore further action and consequences 

The Los Angeles Police Department said Sunday it was aware of the incident but was not pursuing an investigation because the person involved declined to file a police report.